Police: JC man tattoos, has sex with Kingsport juvenile

Rain Smith • May 17, 2013 at 5:49 PM

A Johnson City man has been arrested after allegedly having sex with a Kingsport girl, 15, and giving her three tattoos. He also faces charges for inking a second juvenile, 16, on the upper chest. Andrew "A.J." Adkins, 30, of 406 Orleans Road, was arrested Thursday on warrants at a business on Shadowtown Road. He is charged with three counts of statutory rape and four counts of tattooing a minor. According to court records and Kingsport police incident reports, authorities were alerted to the alleged crimes in April by the manger of Cloud Apartments. Officers interviewed a female resident where the alleged sexual encounters between Adkins and the juvenile occurred, with her denying any knowledge of the incidents. She did admit to seeing the victim — who reportedly stays at her apartment several nights a week — and another girl being tattooed by Adkins. The woman, Tarrilee M. Puckett, was arrested and charged with contribution to the delinquency of minors. According to court records, the statutory rape victim admitted to detectives that she had consensual sex with Adkins on three separate occasions. Police report he gave the girl three tattoos, two on her stomach and one on her hip. An affidavit says a second girl Adkins had tattooed was interviewed and displayed his work — a cartoon character on her "upper chest." Other witnesses corroborated her account that Adkins had done the work. As of Friday Adkins remained held in the Kingsport city jail.

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